ATAX is a Modular Multi-Role airdrop system that utilises an airbag shock attenuation system negating the requirement for EDM, significantly reducing rigging and de-rigging times.


Each platform module measures 2.74 m x 2.46 m (108” x 96”) aligning with existing airdrop systems.

ATAX is compatible with all common Cargo Handling Systems and is suitable for airdrop from the C130, C17, A400M and KC390 aircraft

ATAX is suitable for use with typical in service cargo parachutes such as G11, G12 and SC15.

In flight procedures align with the most common in service airdrop system reducing training burden.





In May 2018, IrvinGQ successfully live dropped “ATAX” our Rapid Rig/De-Rig Aerial Delivery System in multiple configurations from C130.



This introduces a new and highly capable Aerial Delivery System to the market, which transform the capability and speed at which military assets can be deployed.


IrvinGQ ATAX live drop - aerial delivery system



Significant time is lost in the preparation and rigging of vehicles and equipment, to the extent that valuable assets are quite literally ‘tied-up’ waiting for ‘potential’ deployment.  The traditional approach to aerial delivery requires considerable rigging time, expendable material and has a substantial environmental impact on the drop zone.


ATAX is designed to allow vehicles and equipment to be rigged in a matter of minutes not hours, once on the ground the unique design allows the de-rig of the equipment to be quicker still.  This importantly reduces the time that personnel are exposed to threat and minimises the amount of debris left on the drop zone.


ATAX IrvinGQ - aerial delivery system



ATAX successfully delivers this advantage by the use of reusable airbag-deceleration packs that slot into the platform.  The flexible, modular construction of ATAX allows for the quick configuration of multiple loads, whether it be miscellaneous stores, vehicles or small/large inflatable boats.



IrvinGQ ATAX airbag - aerial delivery


ATAX land utilises shock attenuating airbags which can be prepared in cassette form and installed by one person


IrvinGQ ATAX C130 - aerial delivery


Deployable from multiple aircraft (including C130, C17 or A400M) ATAX will transform the landscape of Aerial Delivery


IrvinGQ triple module ATAX successful landing from C130 aircraft - aerial delivery


The use of airbags negates the requirement for EDM (Energy Dissipating Material). This significantly reduces rigging and de-rigging time along with the burden of single use materials


IrvinGQ ATAX land with reduced EDM - drop from C130 aircraft


The ATAX payload capacity is comparable to extracted loads cleared on Type V system from a C130 and C17


IrvinGQ ATAX derig in 06 minutes 27 seconds - drop from C130 aircraft


Vehicles can typically be rigged by four trained personnel in under 30 minutes and de-rigged on the drop zone in less than 10 minutes.


ATAX drive off - aerial delivery -drop from C130 aircraft

The ATAX platform can be prepared for airdrop independent of the payload making it a true Drive-on/Drive-off Vehicle and Heavy Equipment airdrop system.






  • Modular
  • Land and Marine
  • Airbag deceleration system
  • Rapid role configuration
  • No specialist tools / no manual handling equipment
  • Disposable for operation, recoverable for training





ATAX Marine IrvinGQ - aerial delivery
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